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DJ Muggs x Eto – Hell’s Roof – Rappcats Exclusive

Rappcats — February 18, 2019 | Comments (0)


Unique cover, Rappcats exclusive limited to 150 copies.

Hip-hop producer and founding member of Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs, has announced the details for his new collaborative album with Rochester spitter Eto, entitled Hell’s Roof on Soul Assassins Records.

“I had just finished the KAOS album and wanted to work with someone new, and relatively unknown. I was talking to Meyhem Lauren one day and asked him if he knew any dope MCs. And he said he knows this kid from Rochester, New York named Eto and he’s dope. So I sent him a track for the Dia Del Asesinato album and he destroyed it,” remembers DJ Muggs. “After that we started doing a new song here and there. I asked Eto if he had an idea for an album title and he said ‘Hell’s Roof’, which is a name they call his home turf. When he said it I immediately knew.”

“‘Hell’s Roof’ is a name we call Rochester, because it’s our stomping ground, and the dark sound that Muggs provides is the perfect backdrop,” says Eto.

Hell’s Roof is a 12-song album that uses haunting samples, dense drums, and introspective rhymes to paint a dark story about life in a city that ranks among the poorest in the country. According to a census poll, 33% of Rochester’s residents currently live in poverty and a staggering 50% of children live below the poverty line, putting Rochester in the Top 10 poorest cities in the USA. With poverty reaching epidemic levels, residents turn to life on the streets as a solution, the same space where Eto has honed his skills. The collision of the legendary West Coast producer and the young roughneck spitter creates a powerful sound on HELL’S ROOF.

The album follows the recent releases of Cypress Hill’s Elephants on Acid album produced entirely by DJ Muggs, his collaborative effort KAOS with Brooklyn’s finest, Roc Marciano, and DJ Muggs’ acclaimed solo LP Dia Del Asesinato.

Egon pop up record shop at Rappcats, Feb. 23-24, 2019

Egon — February 7, 2019 | Comments (0)

Feb. 23rd and 24th, noon-6 PM each day
Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles

Gangster Doodles – Gangster Music Vol. 1

Gangster Doodles — January 30, 2019 | Comments (1)

2/LP with Madlib, Oh No, Kaytranada. Gangster Doodles art show coming to Rappcats in Los Angeles, March 8-9.


Tom Nehls – I Always Catch the Third Second of a Yellow Light (Now-Again Reserve)

Now-Again — January 28, 2019 | Comments (0)

A concept rock album as progressive as it is psychedelic, recorded by a 17 year-old Tom Nehls and friends in Minneapolis in 1972, with first-time engineer Paul Stark (Twin/Tone Records).


Now-Again Reserve: Custom-made LPs delivered once per quarter, presenting some of the rarest records in their respective genres in high quality LP format. Each release is produced with the direct participation of the artist. (more…)

Galt MacDermot 1928-2018

Egon, Rappcats — December 20, 2018 | Comments (1)

Galt MacDermot, 1968. Photo by Larry Ellis.

Composer, pianist and arranger Galt MacDermot died at 4 AM Eastern Standard Time on December 17th, 2018, a day shy of his 90th birthday. While the cause of his death was undisclosed, he had been in failing health for some time. Here’s an essay on his life and influence by Eothen “Egon” Alapatt, who worked with MacDermot and his Kilmarnock label from the late-90s to the mid-2000s (more…)